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Officials of the N.A.A.C.P. are shocked by a sexual-harassment settlement paid out of association funds

Mary Stansel worked for only a month as assistant to the executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. But her severance agreement last November was generous: two lump sums totaling $50,000, six monthly payments averaging about $5,400 each and, if N.A.A.C.P. executive director Benjamin Chavis did not find her a job paying at least $80,000 a year, an additional $250,000. The out-of-court settlement between Chavis and Stansel had remained private and indeed virtually secret until Stansel decided to introduce it into court. Chavis, she said, had not found her the job, and so she was suing...

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